Nuangola Sewer Plan’s Phase II Discussed

 

Having  passed  the  one-year  mark  on  the  lake-side  community’s  sewer  ground-breaking  celebration,  crews  are  still  at  work  in  Nuangola  installing

 and  activating  the  system.

At  the  October  15th  Nuangola  Borough  Sewer  Authority  meeting  Chair  Ray  Shirk  addressed  the  winding

 down  of  Phase  I  events.  He  commented  that  the  project  is  one

 month  into  Phase  I  containting  approximately  335  houses.  About  a  third,  or  122,  have  been  connected,  inspected,

 approved  and  are  online.

The  Mountaintop  Area  Joint  Sanitary  Authority  billed  53  homes  for

 October  2013.  Tap  in  fees  of  $ 2,025  have  been  paid  in  full  for  57  residences.  Another  249  homes  are  due

 for  payment  by  Nov.15,  Shirk  noted,  and  a  payment  plan  is  still  in

 place  for  an  additional  100  home  owners.

On  the  construction  side,  Quad3  Project

 Engineer  Dan  Nealon  reported  that  Phase  II  installation  work

 is  ongoing  on  Fawn  Lane,  North  End  Road  and  Krell  Street,  where  grinder

 pumps  are  being  installed.

The  engineer  added  that  a  pumping  station  is  required  on  Fawn  Lane,  but  for  now  there  is  no  contingency  plan.  It

 was  agreed  that  a  manual  bypass  is  needed  there.  Nealon  reported  that

 project  contractor,  Wexcon,  will  submit  a  change  order  in  the  amount  of

 $4,625  for  the  new  component.

Staying  with  back-up  planning,  Shirk  stated  that  there  is  progress  on  the

 contingency  plan  for  the  pumping  station  at  Rice  Elementary  School.  There  have  been  of  two  pumps  and  a  large

 reservoir  installed,  he  said,  and  either  pump  is  sufficient  to  power  the  entire

 operation.  In  addition,  there  is

 a  bypass  that  can  be  run  with  a  portable  pump  and  a  generator  by  MAJSA.  A  third  option  would  be  to  pump

 into  a  truck  and  dispose  of  the  waste  at  a  dump  site.

Financial  planning  for  the  $9+  million  system  is  ongoing  as  well,  advised  NBSA  Treasurer  and  council  member  Ted  Vancosky.  He  said

 that  the  government  shutdown  temporarily  stopped  the  flow  of  USDA

 funding,  so  it  was  decided  to  use

 escrow  funds  in  an  M&T  Bank  account  to  satisfy  a  ‘bridge’  loan  with  Fulton  Bank  in  the  amount  of  $$220,000.  Also,  $2,804.90  in  interest

 was  paid  to  Fulton  Bank. The  authority  approved  a  payment  of

 $536,823.50  to  Wexcon  for  payment  request  #  12.  Vancosky  explained  that  this  payment  brings  the

 contract  down  to  a  balance  of  about  $1  million  out  of  the  original  $ 4.4  million  bid.

 In  public  comment,  authoritymembers

 were  asked  aboutlandscaping  and  restorationactivities.  Some  property  restorationis  incomplete,  it  was  reported  andresident  Doug  Hild  asked  if  accesswill  be  a  problem  in  one  sectionof  Vandermark  Avenue  where  anadjacent  property  owner  had  tosupply  the  ingress.  Nealon  repliedthat  he  will  request  permission  toallow  the  landscape  crew  to  accessthose  homes  through  the  PinesAssociation.

A  resident  of  Willow  GroveAvenue  asked  when  road  repairs  willtake  place.  Shirk  said  that  this  issuewill  be  discussed  at  the  next  NBSAmeeting.  Council  President  JohnKochan  asked  for  a  meeting  withQuad3  to  review  the  road  restorationplans.